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My 2008 GoldWing has been seeing very little use for the last couple years. Last year, it was ridden the least of 5 bikes, and that includes the VFR and the FZ6, both of which I only owned for half the season.

It's a wonderful bike, but since I'm a ATGATT rider, it's pretty darned hot behind that barn door of a fairing.

Well, I got a really good deal on it when I bought it, and after 3 years and 12K miles, it's still worth what I have in it. It's a lot of money for something to sit in the garage and depreciate and collect dust..

Made the mistake of stopping at a favorite dealership yesterday.. Bikes were discussed, as was money.. I think there's going to be a change in bikes coming up in the next couple months.

More to follow..
 

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Actually, I'll miss the Cruise Control and the excellent Stereo. I won't miss the heat when riding in temps above 75 degrees, though.

I'm 99% sure I'm going to order one of these.. None are available right now, but they'll be brought in by the first of Feb.


Last GS I owned was the one I ordered in 1992.. Loved the bike, hated going through rear tires every 2000 miles.. As we all know, the new radials out there are good for many more miles than that..

Still thinking, though..
 

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WOW... WOW... WOW... That is a REALLY nice bike...

:ashamed0001:Im to cheeeeeep to spend the money on one
There's the problem. I already spent the money. It's currently in the form of a black 2008 GoldWing that I don't ride. For the price of a used KLR, I can turn it into a bike I'd actually ride.
 

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Farewell to your Goldwing

I can relate to your situation. I currently have three bikes, a 2002 Illusion Blue Goldwing (ABS) with 86k, a 2003 BMW R1150RT with 60k and a 2004 KLR650 (my second) with 30k.

Although I try to rotate and ride all three commuting my 40 miles each way to work, I find the KLR is the most fun of the three. Only drawback is lack of wind protection to thwart the brisk wind/air this time of year. Perhaps a larger windshield or heated grips (with addition of more powerful Stator) will be a future purchase. Thank goodness for my heated jacket liner.

I had a 2007 KLR a couple years ago but I had a "Moment" and traded it in for the Beemer. My wife commented that I'd kick myself down the road as we both enjoyed dirt-donking around the Southern California Deserts. Sure enough, I had to get another Enduro. Fortunately, my Beemer dealer called and said he had this 2004 that was clean/well-maintained. So it now resides next to the Beemer and Wing.

My brother has a sweet Beemer R1150GS but my Kawi runs circles around it when we dirt-donk together. I love the GS platform though and if there ever was a great All-Purpose bike, the GS is it!

As you're comtemplating, I am considering selling off the Wing but I just know the wife wouldn't dig that scenario. We pull our 1990 Kwik-Kamp pop-up tent trailer behind the Wing for our week-end get-aways too. We bought it with 30k miles, been cross-country several times (Wing Ding Rallys) and just turned 86k miles.

Keep it between the ditches, Ride Safe and Happy New Year's.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I love the Wing, but never ride it. If my fiance would have time to just go on one week of vacation with me, I'd save it for that week, but she's swamped with her business, kids, dogs, house, etc..

I really wanted to do 2 weeks out in Colorado and Utah on the KLR, but was dreading the ride out there on it.. The GSA will cover all the bases of this and my numerous trips to the U.P. of Michigan.

Since I ride the KLR to work and for a lot of weekend day trips, I can't (won't) sell it. I have it set as I like it, anyway..

I can see my FZ6 possibly going down the road.. Dunno.. It's fun, but it really doesn't do anything the GSA wouldn't do..

Time will tell.
 

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Put the KLR on a trailer and pull it with the wing to Colorado - problem solved.
I own an older couch and I plan to pull my KLR with it to a few places. Slab riding the KLR sucks - the wing loves it and can handle the load.

A small harbor fright trailer would do it with a few very minor modifications.
 

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I dunno.. I've stayed away from a trailer hitch on the Wing because I've always said if I need to tow something with a bike, I'll take a car. :)

The only thing that would make the trip livable is the Russell Day Long seat on my KLR.

I've got time to weigh my options, since a GSA isn't even available until well into February.
 

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It's Gone..

I sold the Wing yesterday.. Sadly, I wasn't sad to see it go.. Basically, I veiwed the bike as a large pile of cash that wasn't being used.. So, it's turned from a motorcycle into a big plop into my savings account.. I kicked around buying a new GS, but I just can't force myself to spend that amount of cash..

BUT... as luck would have it, a recent add in Craigslist was as follows.. For Sale 1981 BMW R65, for sale or trade for a fishing boat. :49:

As luck would have it, I had a very nice fishing boat that was getting less use than the Wing was..:( It hadn't seen water in 3 years or more..

I emailed the guy and went up to see the bike, which happened to be only 15 minutes from me.. It's not perfect, but it's got most everything and has a chance of being a cool bike that I can do whatever I want to..

In turn, the guy has a fishing boat that he can spend time with his wife and kids, teaching them how to fish and it'll make memories that the kids will NEVER forget!! :)

So, I'm now minus a 2008 GoldWing, but a BMW has taken it's place.. It's not the big, expensive one, but instead one that I can do whatever I wish with.. Insurance will be about $80 a year, license is $39 a year, and that's the extent of expenses on this nice little bike..

Here's a bad photo taken with my phone in bad light.. More photos to follow..

 

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Finally got a chance for better photos.. Saturday and Sunday I spent a fair amout of time hunting down the missing parts, and they should start arriving this week.. Side covers, new valve covers, a working speedo, both tool boxes, etc. Now to find bags and bag mounts..
Sunday I spent time adjusting valves, balancing both idle and carbs, changing oil and filter, checking the rest of the fluids..
I think this is going to be a really fun little bike when done!! And being 30 years old, I wish I knew more of it's story since birth..


 

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Paper -

Quite a nice set of bikes there.

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Paper -

Quite a nice set of bikes there.

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Thanks Tom.. Did you notice which one is missing from that photo?? :) It was busy getting a battery charge.. It's supposed to be 18 degrees tomorrow, but I'm planning on tossing on my snowmobile gear and riding the KLR to work in the morning..

 

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I noticed, but then saw it in the other post, with the Toy Truck.

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Beautiful bikes! I love horse trading, that way everybody gets something they can use and enjoy. That's how I got my KLR and I'm very happy with it.

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HOLD EVERYTHING!!
I'm Anti-American!! No, not because the car, truck, and all bikes are imports, but because I just realized that the biggest motorcycle I own is only 800cc.!!!

A 600, two 650's, and a 800.. Those are all beginner bike sizes in these days!! I've been riding since 1981, (30 years, man I'm old) and my biggest motorcycle is a 800?? And to top that off, even my truck is a tiny 3.4L V6..

I'm ashamed of myself..:ashamed0001:
 

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I long for the days when those were 'big bikes' and BMWs didn't have electric center stands.

I ran all over California on a CB350 before my wife and I moved up to a dressed CX500. We rode that two-up just fine.

This whole thing about bikes needing to be in the 1200-1600 range doesn't make sense to me.

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I long for the days when those were 'big bikes' and BMWs didn't have electric center stands.

I ran all over California on a CB350 before my wife and I moved up to a dressed CX500. We rode that two-up just fine.

This whole thing about bikes needing to be in the 1200-1600 range doesn't make sense to me.

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Yep. I had a lot of fun as a young adult riding all over the place on my CB125S.. 72 mph top speed, and you could start it with your hand, but it still had electric start, too..

My first bike as a CB360T and everyone told me that was too big for a starter bike.. Now, it's only twice the size of my scooter..

On the other hand, my smallest bike, being a 600, also makes 100hp.. :)
 

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Oh, power is good, no doubt. Bulk is bad. Weight is bad.

An 800 pound, 1200cc, 125hp bike just generally doesn't hold much appeal for me (even though the R1150RT makes my knees weak).

A 400 pound bike with 100 hp; now that's a sports tourer!

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